Craving something sweet and creamy? Look no further than this indulgent Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe. With rich flavors, infused vanilla bean, and a creamy texture, this homemade ice cream is sure to become a favorite. Read on to discover how you can make this classic dessert from scratch and surprise your loved ones with a delightful treat.
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is a timeless treat enjoyed throughout the year, but it's especially sought after in the hot summer months. Whether you're celebrating a special holiday or simply enjoying a weekend treat, this recipe is always a hit. Want something crunchy to go with it? Consider pairing it with a crisp ice cream cone or a delicious vanilla ice cream sandwich. Either way, it's a scrumptious combination!
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- Egg yolks
- Vanilla bean
See recipe card for quantities.
Extract vanilla seeds and combine milk, cream, and sugar; bring to simmer and boil, infuse vanilla.
Mix Eggs and Sugar
Blend egg yolks with remaining sugar; add heated mixture slowly.
Cook the Mixture
Return everything to saucepan; make crème anglaise, heating until 84C. When you trace a line with your finger and it stays still, it's ready!
Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until completely cold.
Churn and Freeze
Once cold, churn following your ice cream machine’s instructions, then freeze.
Serve after 45 minutes of freezing.
Hint: Always use fresh vanilla bean for the best flavor. The quality of your vanilla will shine through, creating a rich and robust taste that's far superior to store-bought versions. Careful temperature control during the crème anglaise process ensures the perfect consistency.
If on a low-fat diet, you can substitute the cream with a low-fat alternative. Use a sugar substitute like Stevia for a sugar-free version. Always follow the guidelines for equivalents in these substitutions.
Add chocolate chips or fruit for a twist. For a culturally unique version, infuse with cardamom or matcha powder.
A reliable ice cream maker is key for churning.
Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month.
Ensure that the mixture is chilled thoroughly before churning to get the best texture. An overnight chill often provides the best results.
Yes, but real vanilla bean provides richer flavor.
Up toa month.
Yes, but it will require more effort.
Yes, use a suitable sugar substitute.
Absolutely, experiment with your favorites!
When it reaches a soft-serve consistency.
It may have been churned or frozen too long.
Yes, but ensure your ice cream maker can handle the volume.
It's best to freeze for 45 minutes first.
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4 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean
- Extract your vanilla seeds.
- Place a saucepan on your heating element.
- Put the milk, cream, and half the sugar into a saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Let the vanilla infuse for 5 minutes.
- Then bring to a boil.
- Mix the rest of the sugar and the egg yolks in a bowl.
- Add a small amount of the heated mixture to the eggs.
- Put everything back into the saucepan.
- Make a crème anglaise, heating the mix while constantly stirring until it reaches 84F.
- Then immediately transfer into a bowl.
- Refrigerate completely.
Freezing The Mixture:
- Once the mix is cold, churn the ice cream following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Then freeze 45 minutes before using.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Churning
- Cuisine: International
- Diet: Vegetarian
- Ensure eggs are pasteurized or cooked to 160F to prevent salmonella.
- Store the ice cream properly to prevent freezer burn or contamination.